While the underlying themes remain the same, which is a strong need to make matters of the heart a priority and for an ongoing relationship journey continue, the dynamics shift this month, putting your relationships to the forefront. This is always the case at this point of the year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of October in your relationship sector, but what isn't the norm is the journey your relationships have already been through to even get to this point. You will move into the new month with the Sun in your relationship sector, performing the reality checks that must happen at this time every year but also with Venus, planet of love on board. Together they're continuing a mandate that began as far back as last November, to completely redefine a sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. A lot of water has already passed under the bridge this year and more will before the Sun and Venus both leave on the 24th October, by which point everything that needs to come to a head will have. This is more likely to happen in the early days of the month and around the time that a lunar eclipse in your sign on the 8th October which is set to bring personal and/or relationship tensions to a head, in a way that can't be denied. Yet it's Mercury's return on the 11th October, in retrograde motion that opens the doors to second chances, a chance to give the past and unsaid words a voice and to create the potential for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough.
The laws of the universe dictate that the solar focus will always shift onto your relationships at this time of year, always has and always will, with the Sun always returning to your relationship sector in late October. What isn't the norm is the fact that last year's focus never ended nor the year before, with the relationship update and review you're currently under having begun over 2 years ago, with one year merging into the other. The point you have reached however is that with the worst behind you, any relationship challenges you were going to be delivered have been and what is required of you is now very clear. Even before the Sun and Venus return to your relationship sector on the 24th October you should by then have had a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. With Saturn in your relationship sector since October 2012 there has been a lot of focus on what your relationships require from you, but the last few months that focus has been shifting to establishing what you want from your relationships. You will move into the new month with Mercury, planet of communication in your relationship sector, but turning retrograde on the 5th October and retrograding back out on the 11th October, it's the early days of the month that are the most important for ensuring the communication lines are open. It's the Sun and Venus' return on the 24th October and solar eclipse on the same day that brings a chance to draw a major new line in the sand, ready to start bringing things home as the end of the journey comes into sight.
You've reached a month where on one hand things are exactly how you'd expect at this time of year, but where on the other hand this is anything but the norm. Yet the fact that the focus is always on matters of the heart and all things romantic at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of October in your romantic sector, this is about the only thing that fits into the pattern of an ordinary year. The reality is that while this is the annual update that matters of the heart get at this time every year this is part of a journey that began last November, waking you up to what you really want from love. You'll move into the new month with the Sun and Venus, planet of love in your romantic sector and until they leave on the 24th October they'll be working to bring the most romantically charged weeks of the year, but also to create an authentic new starting point. Meanwhile Mercury, who left your romantic sector last month, will retrograde back in for a double dip visit on the 11th October and until turning direct on the 26th October will hold the door open to second chances. What isn't the norm is having the focus on your relationships, something that doesn't usually happen until November. Yet while Mars has returned to stir things up and even after he leaves on the 26th October, it will be clear that this is just the first step of what is set to become a major relationship review, one of your biggest and most important in decades.
While the solar spotlight will always fall on matters of the heart and all things romantic in October, it's not usually until later in the month and it's usually a case of a cold start. However, you've been on a journey towards taking responsibility for matters of the heart for over 2 years now without a break, bringing you to a point where the annual update comes along just as a major journey is moving into its final months. Having returned to your romantic sector in October 2012, for the first time since 1987, Saturn has been on a mission to make matters of the heart a priority, but in a way where you're taking responsibility. Due to leave on Christmas Eve this is a journey that is coming to an end, but it's your annual update that is here to give things one final push, hopefully to get things over the line. You begin the month with Mercury, planet of communication in your romantic sector, but after turning retrograde on the 5th October he'll retrograde back out on the 11th October, but not before giving you a chance to give the past and unsaid words a voice. Things may go quiet after that, but will erupt with a roar when on the 24th October, just hours after the Sun and Venus, planet of love both arrive, that a solar eclipse brings a chance for some major new beginnings. In the meantime, a corner has been turned on the relationship front, with the pressures of the past replaced with a new sense of confidence, with support to ensure the communication lines are open. It's Mars' return to your relationship sector on the 26th October that begins a major new relationship push, just as romantic forces are gaining some real momentum.
October is not usually a month where there is a lot happening on either the romantic or relationship fronts, as has been the case for several months now. January and February are always the most active months of the year for relationship matters and November and December are the months when the love gods will usually turn their attention and focus onto matters of the heart and all things romantic. For your relationships things are running to plan, which means that apart from the Moon's two visits to your relationship sector, the first from the 3rd October to the 5th October and the second from the 31st October to the 2nd November, your relationships will get little, if any attention from the gods. What you do have though is Venus, planet of love in your communication sector until the 24th October, providing the support needed to give your heart a voice and keep the communication lines open, something your relationships will benefit from. It's on the romantic front that something special is developing and has been since Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos returned last month to fire up your romantic passions and fighting spirit, in his first visit to your romantic sector since 2012. While Mars will leave on the 26th October, he'll not only spend the majority of the month here, creating one of the most romantically charged months of the year, but the Moon will return on the same day, keeping the spirit of romance alive after he leaves and until Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system returns on the 28th October, just before the Moon leaves. This creates a unbroken chain of romantic support, with something very special and game changing developing behind the scenes.
It's with a sigh of relief that you're able to put September behind you, but there is also a need not to read too much into the personal and/or relationship tension of the last two months. During your birthday month as the Sun, Mercury and Venus all move through your sign, waking you up to your own needs, they'll all put pressure on relationship forces that are located on the other side of the sky, bringing the wakeup calls that have become the norm over recent years and will remain the norm until Neptune leaves your relationship sector in 2026. This is something that even the best of relationships are unable and don't want to escape from, for not only is this a chance to shake the tree and get any issues out in the open where they can be resolved, it's a chance to ensure you have the right balance between your own needs and those of your relationships. It was Venus, planet of love's departure from your sign on the 30th September that not only left you with some well defined romantic and relationship desires and expectations, but took away the danger of relationship tensions returning. This month the love gods shift their focus onto matters of the heart with Pluto, planet of change and revolution not only spending his first full month in direct motion in your romantic sector but will be joined by Mars on the 26th October, returning to fire up your romantic passions and fighting spirit. With so much focus on your relationships over recent months, this is the point where matters of the heart and the spirit of romance will start fighting back.
There is something special about the 1st October that allows you to draw a new line in the sand, for it's not only the first day of a new month but thanks to her return to your sign on the 30th September it's also Venus, planet of love's first full day in your sign and the first day of a new Venus cycle of love. While your birthday month began last month and the New Moon that launches your new solar year is already behind you, as far as your heart is concerned the 1st October is when you get to start over. On a mission to redefine your romantic and relationship desires and expectations Venus returns to a situation where the love gods are exclusively focused on your relationships, something she'll have her say on, but will also try and bring some much needed romance into play. With Venus not leaving your sign until the 24th October, the same day your birthday month comes to an end, she'll be here as not only the last oppositions creating personal and/or relationship tension play out, but the last oppositions of the year full stop. The biggest tests your relationships will face will be during and around the time of a total lunar eclipse in your relationship sector on the 8th October. With so much water having passed under the bridge this year and so many challenges overcome and had to go through, this will be one last chance to finally bring things to a head. While the whole week of Monday the 6th October is likely to be fraught with personal and/or relationship tension with Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos in your communication sector and Venus, planet of love on board, this creates the potential for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough. You'll find the most romantically charged days of the month in the very early and later days.
If you have wondered why you often want to stick your head in the sand when it comes to relationship matters but are more than ready to embrace the spirit of romance when you get a chance, it's not only because it's a lot easier, but because this is where the love gods are focused. You have no planetary activity in your relationship sector and won't until Venus returns next March, with your annual relationship update always happening between March and May each year. This makes the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 10th October to the 12th October the days where you do need to focus on your relationships, taking your head out of the sand and paying attention to what the emotional and intuitive responses this triggers are telling you. Considering this is the only time this month that the love gods will pay your relationships any attention, these are the days you need to be paying attention as well, especially to the things you would normally sweep under the carpet. The focus this month, as has been the case for every month since as far back as 2003 and will be until Neptune leaves your romantic sector in 2026, is on all things romantic. What you have this month is a lot of romantic nostalgia, for while Neptune and Chiron have been in retrograde motion in your romantic sector since June Venus, planet of love's return to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 30th September and position here until the 24th October is going to make this a lot more intense and a lot more enjoyable. Even after Venus returns to your sign on the 24th October, shifting your heart's focus onto the future and road ahead, the doors will remain open to the past, to second chances and a sense of romantic nostalgia.
There is something very special happening on the romantic front this month, something that on one hand is the norm, but on the other hand is set to become something a lot more fateful. In your romantic sector since 2010 Uranus is working constantly to keep the spirit of romance alive 365 days a year and will do until he leaves in 2019, but always in retrograde motion at this time of year, working behind the scenes and through the laws of synchronicity, he's happy to watch from the sidelines, stepping in where and when you least expect. Right in the heart of Uranus' retrograde phase the Sun will always be on the opposite side of the sky from late September to late October and when the Moon moves through your romantic sector, which it will from the 7th October to the 10th October, this will create a Full Moon, something that you will experience at around this time every year. This is a Lovers Moon and during the many years of your life when Uranus won't be here and this would be the least active point of the year for romantic matters, this would provide the wakeup calls matters of the heart and the spirit of romance need. Not only will this Full Moon on the 8th October awaken Uranus and the laws of synchronicity, but as a total lunar eclipse its effects will be a lot more powerful and a lot more fateful. This year Uranus has some extraordinary support, with the love gods dialling up some special surprises, not just on and around the 8th October, but during the chain reaction that will follow.
While it's not usually the norm to have planetary activity in either your romantic or relationship sectors at this time of year that wasn't the case between the 16 months from April 2013 to August 2014, when there was not only an extraordinary amount of focus on your relationships, but at times for all the wrong reasons. It's only now, as you start to gain some distance from some of the most challenging relationship months you'll ever go through, that you're starting to realise that luck and the love gods were on your side after all. Whatever this cleared the way for and whatever seeds lucky Jupiter planted as he moved through from June 2013 to July 2014 are now starting to bear fruit. You've emerged with not only a much clearer sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, but of a need for authenticity and a sense that no relationship can or should come at the expense of your own needs, values and priorities. To have no planetary activity in either your romantic or relationship sectors this month is both expected and a good thing, giving you a chance to get back to a level playing field. This makes the Moon's monthly visits a lot more important. It's the Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 10th October to the 12th October that gives you a chance to make matters of the heart a priority, along with a chance to tap into the spirit or romance. You'll have a chance to focus on your relationships when the Moon moves through your relationship sector from the 14th October to the 16th October.
Your world changed or at least your relationship reality did when lucky Jupiter returned to your relationship sector on the 16th July, becoming not only the first planet to reach here this year, but kicking off your most important relationship journey in over a decade. Jupiter won't leave until next August, so you're in the early months of an incredible journey and with the Sun, Mercury and Venus having moved through in his early months you've got a good read on what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. In any other year that would have seen the love gods finish their task and move on, but this year all this has created is a starting point, with the real journey just beginning. This month, while Jupiter is taking a more background role, more focused on ensuring your relationships stay on track than interfering on a day to day level, there is some extraordinary support. It's from the 7th October to the 10th October that Jupiter will be on especially good terms with Mars, moving through your friendship sector, creating some of the best days of the year for friendship and relationship building. It's right in the middle of this period and as a sign that luck really is on your side, that a total lunar eclipse will fall in your communication sector on the 8th October. This creates a situation where, right in the middle of not only some of the best days of the year for friendship and relationship building but some of the best in decades a lunar eclipse will fall, creating an opportunity for a major communication breakthrough. With the focus on your relationships this month and every other month for the next 12 months, matters of the heart and the spirit of romance will have a small window of opportunity to get your attention, when the Moon moves through your romantic sector from the 12th October to the 14th October.
It's with a sigh of relief that the doors open to October, even though it may feel like the hounds are nipping at your heels and there is a fear that the personal and/or relationship tensions of the last few months might follow you through the doors. That's not going to happen, due to the fact that Venus' departure from your relationship sector on the 30th September, less than 24 hours earlier, finally brought a challenging annual update to an end. However, with this is a need to put this into context, not reading too much into the challenges of the past two months than you need to, without going to opposite extremes by sticking your head in the sand. You have had continuous planetary activity in your sign since 2003 and will do until Neptune leaves in 2026, which means it's impossible, during that time for your own needs to be neglected or for you to compromise what's important to you. For the majority of the year this is simply empowering, but each year when the Sun, Mercury and Venus move through your relationship sector, which they did this year from the 16th August to the 30th September, they put this to the test, moving into opposition and bringing any personal and/or relationship tensions to a head. Yet what this does is get things out in the open, in a way that has now become your norm and can be seen as annual relationship housekeeping. With Venus having just left your relationship sector the day before you move into the month, you've arrived with a much clearer sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, but with a chance for a fresh start. Apart from a chance to take care of any remaining housekeeping during the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 19th October to the 20th October, the love gods are more focused on firing up your romantic passions and later in the month bringing a sense of adventure into play.